Hartford, Connecticut, January 29, 2016 – In a Minnesota Public Radio interview that aired on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Trinity College Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel Pérez spoke about ways in which colleges can improve their support for low-income students and provide additional financial aid resources for students.
“Last year alone [at Trinity], we gave out 44 million dollars in financial aid,” said Pérez in the interview with journalist Kerri Miller. “A majority of that really is going to the lowest income students on our campus, but it’s certainly not enough.”
Pérez also talked about how his personal experience led him to enter the field of college admissions. “I was a first-generation college student and, through an opportunity program, ended up at a small liberal arts school in upstate New York,” he said. “It’s one of the reason I’ve dedicated my life to doing this work.”
The interview also touched on various campus resources available to students – such as writing and math tutoring, faculty advising, and career development counseling – and the importance of ensuring students from all backgrounds avail themselves of these services. Listen to a podcast of the radio interview here (scroll down on the MPR News podcast page to the January 19 podcast post).
Additionally, a column by Pérez, titled “To Change the World, Start Where You Are,” is featured in the latest issue of The Journal of College Admission, a publication of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The article is posted online here (on page 52).